Three years ago, criminal defense attorney Diane Menashe joined the board of Dress for Success for Columbus. The non-profit's throwing its biggest fundraiser, Dine, Drink, Dress, which Menashe started, next Thursday, June 12 at Strongwater. This year 17 restaurants will participate, including Harvest, Till and The Rossi. Your $75, all-inclusive ticket includes food from those restaurants, an open bar and live music. All proceeds benefit the non-profit, which promotes economic independence for women in need. We spoke with Menashe at a Downtown coffee shop this week about a few of her favorite things.

Three years ago, criminal defense attorney Diane Menashe joined the board of Dress for Success for Columbus. The non-profitís throwing its biggest fundraiser, Dine, Drink, Dress, which Menashe started, next Thursday, June 12 at Strongwater. This year 17 restaurants will participate, including Harvest, Till and The Rossi. Your $75, all-inclusive ticket includes food from those restaurants, an open bar and live music. All proceeds benefit the non-profit, which promotes economic independence for women in need. We spoke with Menashe at a Downtown coffee shop this week about a few of her favorite things.

Chopped Salad at Northstar

[Northstar] opened like 10 years ago Ö and the Chopped Salad is the very first thing I ordered. I tweak it a little bit, get tofu instead of meat, Parmesan instead of bleu cheese, but I donít know how many Iíve had in the last decade. I feel like [Northstar cashiers] see me coming and start preparing the order. Thatís how Columbus is. Itís not just the baristas at Starbucks; itís the cashiers at Northstar or the bartenders at Bodega. They know what your drink is, they see you and they start pouring.

Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse

Itís one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and you canít take pictures there and media canít go in there, so itís one of the cityís best-kept secrets. Iím a criminal defense attorney, so I go in there almost every day, and thereís not a time I donít go through those doors and think, ďThis is why I went to law school.Ē Itís regal and just gorgeous. Thereís something really special about it.

My spinning shoes

Theyíre really biking shoes, but I have a pair I only use for spinning. Itís my favorite way to workout. I love the music, the beat, the dark, the room, the vibe, itís intense. And hopefully Iím going to open my own studio in Columbus. Iím trying to make it happen Ö within the next year. Itís not going to replace law, but itíll supplement it. I do serious cases Ö and [spinning is] good for a sound mind and body.

New Zealand sauv blanc

I used to be a total red wine drinker. Maybe itís my old age. Iím entering my 40s and now Iím a white wine drinker. It happened and now thereís no turning back. If Iím at the Sycamore, they have a great pour-by-the-glass there ó I love that place. If Iím home, Kim Crawford is under $20 a bottle. No matter where and when, New Zealand sauv blanc. No Chardonnay.

My friends

Iím from Seattle. Came here 16 years ago via New Orleans, where I went to law school. Didnít know a soul, and didnít really like it here when I first moved here. To be honest, I really didnít like it here. Iíve lived in a lot of big cities and never felt more at home than I do here. The people are amazing, theyíre fun and philanthropic and doing stuff for the community. I donít have any family here, Iím single, and this is where I want to stay forever. And itís a total testament to my friends. They inspire me to do more and be on a board of directors and give back to the community and do things like Dine, Drink, Dress. Iím really busy with my job, so doing an event is a lot of extra work, but I feel like thatís what our generation is doing ó giving back to Columbus and starting new businesses. The city is growing, right? Everywhere you look thereís new development. Iím a total transplant. Itís generic, but itís so true.